The DENR-CENRO Calauag together with the Gumaca-Lopez-Tagkawayan-Calauag Woodcraft and Charcoal Credit Cooperative (GLTCWCCC) spearheads a tree growing activity within the graduated NGP site in Brgy. Mahinta, Tagkawayan, Quezon.

The activity was the first community-initiated replanting activity at the said NGP site, after its 3-year budget provision for regular maintenance and protection activities had ended in 2021 under the Enhanced National Greening Program (E-NGP).

The same is also part of the DENR’s campaign to reforest the graduated NGP and ENGP sites under the platform, “Tayo Ang Kalikasan” (TAK).

Last June 16, the GLTC WCCC inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the DENR to adopt the subject site, which is the 50-hectare portion of the graduated 100-hectare NGP CY 2018 Indigenous Plantation in Brgy. Mahinta.

Since the GLTCWCCC is a credited woodcraft and charcoal cooperative which is also a partner of DENR in the implementation of NGP-related activities and tree growing events within the territorial jurisdiction of CENRO Calauag, the said cooperative qualifies to adopt the portion of the subject NGP site.

Forester II Aleli C. Alvarez, NGP TAK Focal Person, expressed gratitude to the cooperative and other participants for their active involvement and continuous cooperation in various tree growing activities in their area. Further, their commitment to enhance NGP sites and their continuous effort in increasing forest cover with their catchphrase “Save Trees, Save Life” was commended by the Office.

A total of 5,000 seedlings of Balibago (Hibiscus tiliaceus) were hauled from the CENRO Calauag tree nursery that were later planted at the adopted 50-hectare site in Brgy. Mahinta, Tagkawayan Quezon.

Balibago is a Philippine native tree, and is known to function as windbreak and soil stabilizer. It is considered as a pioneering tree species in the Philippines which has the capability to first adapt in many conditions of a damaged ecosystem.